Virtual Cooking with Katie

Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make homemade chocolate Pop-tarts! This online event is on Tuesday, August 11th from 3:30pm – 5pm. You’ll learn how to make pastry dough from scratch, a chocolate fudge filling and delicious glaze to drizzle on top. You will need the following ingredients for this recipe: cocoa powder, chocolate chips, butter, AP flour, sugar, 1 egg, confectioners sugar and whole milk OR heavy cream (about 1/2 cup). A food processor would be very helpful, but not absolutely required. This class will be conducted using Zoom.

This event is for children ages 7+ and is limited to 10 families. Please email the library at brimfieldlibraryrequests@gmail.com to sign-up.

Once your family has signed up we will email you the zoom link. This event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library, Inc.

Library Book Drop Hours

Beginning on Thursday May 28th the book drop at the library will be open for limited hours. This will allow you to return all of the materials that have spent quality time in your home over the last 11 weeks! 😉
The book drop will be opened on a scheduled basis to start due to the expected volume of materials that will be returned. Each item returned will be disinfected and quarantined for 5 days prior to being checked in and re-shelved.
Book Drop Hours:
Thu May 28 9-5:00
Fri May 29 9-5:00
Sat May 30 9-12:00
Mon June 1 9-5:00
Tue June 2 9-5:00
Wed June 3 9-5:00
Please try to return your items during these days/times.
We realize that this first step in the reopening process may seem less than thrilling, but it is an important one as we work to plan and organize for the next step in the process.
We appreciate your kindness and understanding as we move forward with this new system AND we can’t wait to see you in person (hopefully soon!)

Virtual Reference Desk

Is your child researching something for school? Do you have a specific question that you can’t find an answer to? Have you been struggling to come up with the title of that Tom Hanks movie with ‘crying’ and ‘baseball’? Maybe we can help!

We have just launched our very own Virtual Help Desk. This help desk will be staffed M-F for a few hours each day. All you have to do is click this link and follow the directions. If we are not staffing the desk at the time you ask your question, you will be able to email us and we will answer as soon as we can: http://brimfieldpubliclibrary.com/reference-help/

Let us be the missing piece!

Check out our latest staff picks!

Looking for some book and movie recommendations from library staff and the Brimfield Library community? Check out our Staff Picks blog! We are posting new recommendations every week from library staff, trustees, friends, and book club members. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite among our latest picks.

Blind Date With a Book!

For the month of February at the Brimfield Public Library, check out our surprise books wrapped in red. Read the profile on the cover and take a chance! Will your blind date be hot or not? Rate your date at the end and return it to let us know!

In Memory of Cindy Martin

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our most beloved Cindy.

Anyone who has entered the library in the last 23 years has been met by the most welcoming, charismatic, kind, beautiful woman. She made every person feel special, appreciated and important. Thought of as a friend by most who entered, not just a librarian. She had an uncanny way of connecting with people, remembering their names after just one visit, asking them about things that they had talked about previously, offering the best hugs and encouraging words at just the right time – an empath through and through. She cared for her patrons, her friends and her family with all of her heart. Cindy was the most giving of people.

She loved working at the library – it was her second home and we her second family. Those of us remaining are confused, devastated and heart broken. We will never be the same without her. The library will never be the same without her. She was an amazing person, she was a member of our family, she was the light at the desk.

Unsure if we could handle it, we did open yesterday morning. Cindy would have wanted it that way. She would have wanted us all to be together, hugging and supporting each other. She would have loved to be a part of the stories, the reminiscing, the occasional giggle through tears when we would remember something funny. We found it hard to leave at 1:00, we didn’t lock the door, we just sat. Her presence was with us. In the end, opening was the right decision for us and the community. Many people stopped in to cry, share, offer hugs. The library was and will forever be a place of community. That was one of the things that Cindy loved most about it.

Please come in this week. Join us in celebrating her. We will have red puffy eyes, we will have tears running down our faces, we will need and offer as many hugs as necessary, but we will smile, we will laugh, we will rejoice in the life of our most precious friend. We want you to do those things as well. Cindy loved to laugh, loved to be silly, loved talking to people…she loved to love. And we love her.

~ Anne, Bonnie, Joanie and Rebecca

Present Wrapping Event!

Need a space to wrap your presents away from prying eyes? Drop in from 6-8:00 p.m. on Monday December 16th and use our supplies (or bring your own) to create beautiful packages ready for giving! We will provide festive music and refreshments, wrapping paper, ribbon, scissors, and tape. Just bring your gifts to wrap and your holiday cheer! This is an adult only event.

Harvest Fest 2019 – *EVENT IS FULL!*

Join us for Harvest Fest 2019 on Thursday, October 24th from 5:30pm – 7pm. This event is geared towards children in grades Pre-K – 6th. Costumes are optional. Space is limited so call 413-245-3518 or drop by the library to sign up. Please let us know the names and ages of the children and how many adults will be attending along with them. This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library, Ind. Hope you can make it!

**Reminder: Overflow Parking is at the Town Hall Annex. Please do not park in the driveway of the house next door.**

Summer Origami (Teen Program)

Join us on Tuesday, July 2nd from 5:30-7:00 for a teen origami event (ages 12-16). You will be making a plant box and filling it with beautiful flowers and birds! All materials will be provided. Please call the library at 413-245-3518 to sign-up.

Pastel Painting with Greg Maichack

Pastel crayons

Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack returns to the Brimfield Public Library from 5:30 -7:30p.m. on Thursday, June 27th to present his new adult workshop entitled, “Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel Painting.” This fun pastel painting workshop is designed for patrons from beginners to experienced artists.

Participants will experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. All materials will be provided, and everyone who attends will get to take home his/her artwork.

Maichack is an experienced professional at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils.

Seating is limited, so registration is required. Call 413-245-3518 to sign-up. There is no charge to attend. This event is for participants aged 15 and older.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brimfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Additional funding was also provided by the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library, Inc.